Day 200 | 30 July 2015 | City walk in Nashik | The Walk of Hope 2015-16

  • Godavari in spate at the venue of the Ardh Kumbh Mela - Nashik
  • Nashik gearing up for the influx of pilgrims for the Ardh Kumbh Mela - Nashik
  • WOH - Day 200 - Walking from Birla Arogya Mandir to Sainathnagar - Nashik
  • A touching gesture as a group of mentally challenged children join the Walk -Nashik
  • Sri M thanks the children for their participation - Nashik
  • Along the rain-soaked, puddle-ridden crowded city roads of Nashik
  • 7.Once-inside-the-city-we-took-a-
  • Housing still remains one of the greatest challenges of our Nation
Walk of Hope is in Nashik city today. The padayatris walked just 6 kilometers from Birla Arogya Mandir to Sainathnagar. The city walk was a somewhat messy affair and they walked quickly but carefully picking their way on narrow roads, assaulted by recent winds and rains.

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Previous rains had left puddles along the way and theroads were a chaotic mess of animals, people and vehicles. The highlight was that they were joined by a group of about 40 differently-abled children who walked with them for some time. Sri M thanked them as they left. The walkers, on reaching their destination point, retired for the day, as there was no Satsang. The day marked the 200th day for Walk of Hope and the padayatris greeted each other on the occasion. Nashik, a city from the days of the yore, is located on the banks of river Godavari. The river originating close by flows along the northern boundary of the city through the old residential settlements in the city. Various important rivers like Vaitarana, Bhima, Girana, Kashyapi and Darana flow across Nashik. The ancient city, located on the western edge of the volcanic formations of the Deccan Plateau, is the third largest after Pune and Mumbai in Maharashtra. The city has a lot of mythological importance. According to Ramayana, Lord Rama made Nashik his home during his 14 years in exile. At the same place, Lakshmana cut off the nose of Surpanakha and thus this place was named as "Nasik”. Several other references to the Ramayana can be found in Nashik, which includes the Sita Gumpha caves, from where Sita was abducted by Ravana. Danda was a colonial state of Lanka under the reign of Ravana, a stronghold of all the Rakshasa tribes living in the Dandaka Forest. It was from here that the Rakshasa Khara attacked Rama, Sita and Lakshmana who were living in Panchavati, located close by. Many padayatris took time off for a trip into the city. Many visited the site of Ardh Kumbh Mela, a sight to behold.River Godavari is now inundated because of the rains. The city is gearing up for the festival that draws thousands and thousands of devotees. Nashik hosts one of the largest religious gatherings in the world known as Maha Kumbh. Kumbh mela (festival) is celebrated once in twelve years. The Purna (complete) Kumbh takes place every twelve years at four places in Allahabad, Haridwar, Ujjain, and Nashik and the Ardh Kumbh Mela is held every six years in each of these places. According to the Puranas, it is believed that Kumbh derives its name from an immortal pot of nectar that came up after the churning of the oceans, which the devatas (Gods) and demons fought for. The four places where nectar fell are the banks of river Godavari in Nashik, river Kshipra in Ujjain, river Ganges in Haridwar, and at the Sangam of Ganges, Yamuna and Saraswati in Allahabad.


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  1. Well Dressed Beggar says:

    Reached 200 Days …. Jai Gurudeva.. Jai Kriya Babaji… Jai Maheshwaranath… Jai Madukaranath … Jai Traimbakeshwar….

  2. Eagerly waiting for a satsang’s journal
    May every walkers be 200 times spiritually progressed than the starting

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